Teeth start out naturally white. Over time, they can absorb stains from the foods you eat and beverages you drink. Your teeth may look darker than they should, which can lead to an aged appearance. Teeth whitening can restore a whiter, more youthful appearance to your smile. Dr. Lozada, Lancaster teeth whitening dentist, can help you decide if teeth whitening is right for you.
The outer layer of the tooth is called enamel. Enamel is the strongest substance in the human body and is made of densely packed crystals. These crystals are translucent, and scatter and reflect light. The color of your tooth is a result of the smoothness and thickness of your enamel and the amount of dentin that shows through it. Dentin tends to be much darker than the enamel, so if your enamel is worn and substantial dentin shows through, your teeth may look darker. Rough enamel may not reflect light well, and may also cause your teeth to appear dark. Dr. Lozada, expert in teeth whitening in Lancaster, can determine why your teeth appear stained and recommend the most appropriate treatment for your needs.
Teeth Whitening Lancaster
You might benefit from a professional cleaning before a teeth whitening treatment. This can help the whitening gel penetrate more evenly. If you are a candidate for in-office whitening, Dr. Lozada, Lancaster teeth whitening dentist, will apply a protective coating or layer to your gums and lips before painting the whitening gel directly onto your teeth. The peroxide-based bleaching gel is professional strength and designed to go to work quickly and effectively. We activate it using a special light, which sends it deep inside the structure of the tooth to break up stains in the dentin and the enamel.
If you are a candidate for at-home whitening, Dr. Lozada, expert in teeth whitening in Lancaster, will instead create custom-fit whitening trays. These trays will fit your teeth precisely and will hold prescription-strength whitening gel, which can be applied in the comfort of your own home. By using custom-fit trays, you can minimize the risk of soft tissue contact and maximize the whitening results.
Once your teeth are white, you can keep them looking great with good brushing and flossing habits. You may need to limit your exposure to staining foods and beverages. Occasional touch-ups may be needed to maintain your results. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lozada, cosmetic dentist in Lancaster.